Pentafonia, op.53a&b

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Bertold Hummel

General Info

Year: 1974
Duration: c. 25:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Benj-Simr
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Multiple Percussion: vibraphone, snare drum, tom-toms(4), temple blocks(5), wood blocks(2), suspended cymbals(6), tam tam

Orchestra; Piano Reduction Available

Program Notes

premiere:1974, Hannover, Germany, Schneider. soloist


This 25:00,5-movement multipercussion solo with piano accompaniment is arranged by the composer based on the original version for percussion and string orchestra (available in rental form only). The piece calls for vibe, snare drum, four pitched drums, five temple blocks, two wood blocks, six suspended cymbals and tamtam. Movement I (Fantasia) emphasizes the vibe, cymbals and tamtam, and moves rather slowly with an eighth-note = 84. Allegro rirmico uses the drums and temple blocks, and moves much faster (quarter = 138). Movement III (Notturrzo) is a slow, more contemplative movement for vibe (eighth = 72). The recurring ametric sections are written without accompaniment. The Intermezzo is again quicker (dotted half = 60) and utilizes all of the instruments except tamtam. A rather metric cadenza is included near the end of the movement. The Conclusion again uses all of the instruments, but now in a more complex, denser texture. All performance directions are clearly marked in both parts: dynamics, implement choices and parts (six types plus hands), instruments, tempo changes, etc. No unusual performance techniques are used, although the 3- and 4-mallet vibe parts will take some study as well as the on and off directions for both snares and vibe motor. Implement changes will also need to be carefully practiced so as to not interrupt the musical flow. Becommended as a very suitable recital piece for an advancing multi-percussion student with a grasp of 4-mallet vibe techniques. - John Baldwin, October 1992[1]



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